I have my own opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel if we do not preach justification by faith without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing unchangeable eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross (Charles Spurgeon, The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. 1, 1856).

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  1. Jim Moore says:

    Hey, I love Spurgeon! But i think his evangelical heart betrayed his Calvinism, because if you preach “particular redemption” clearly, you are preaching a non-evangelical “Gospel”–the deal is already done, and your hearers are either already among the elect, or not! To be consistent, you wouldn’t preach at all!

  2. Jim,
    The way I look at it is just preach the Gospel regardless of what we believe about Calvinism. I strongly disagree with any Calvinist who refuses to go out and spread the good news about Jesus Christ. We can never know for sure who God calls to repentance, therefore we simply preach the Word and depend on God to do the saving. I do not see how preaching the Gospel would be inconsistent with Calvinism.

    Could you expand on why you believe a Calvinist would be consistent by not preaching the Gospel.

  3. Raul says:

    Calvinism is not the gospel, the Bible is the Gospel, even if Calvin was 100% right, he did receive a “revelation” from God about the Gospel, he found it in scriptures. Let’s put more emphasis on the word of God before man.
    In fact, we should Call it Paulism before Calvinism…

    Raul

  4. Raul,

    Good points. I fully agree that more emphasis needs to be on the Bible.

  5. Mario says:

    I do agree with the fact we need to be grounded in the bible,but there are some errors with Calvinism: “The atonement is limited in the sense that it is designed for some and not all.”(quoted from wikipedia for an unbiased statement) I disagree with this because It says in roman 3:23 that ” since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, 25″

    So this would make Calvinism false.

  6. Raul says:

    Mario,
    We ALL have errors in our theologies and doctrine. I would not say Calvinism is “error” but only that it has “some errors”.

    Raul

  7. Mario says:

    Then I would say the same thing about the charismatic church. Even though I do not agree with everything.

  8. Raul says:

    Certainly, same with the Baptist and Presbyterians. Jesus said ” Go into the whole world and preach the GOSPEL” ….1st we have to make sure the gospel we preach is 100% in alignment with the word of God, otherwise we would be presenting a different jesus, a corrupt gospel. Calvin got the gospel right, that’s whats important.

  9. Jason L says:

    I’m curious how this verse squares with the idea of “limited atonement”:

    “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord THAT BOUGHT THEM, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” –2nd Peter 2:1

    If Christ did not die for those whom God knew would reject Him, why does Peter say that the Lord buy them? What does he mean?

  10. laura says:

    I tell you, there is nothing like real life tent-making missionary work to knock all the wind out of doctrines and schisms and sects etc… you either know the truth and LIVE it, or you will be thrown to the ground by the enemy over and over again…

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